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Packed libraries, late nights, panic attacks and last-minute cram sessions. Yes, that dreaded time of the year has arrived once again and exams have crept up upon us quicker than a leopard pouncing on its prey.
There are no two ways about it: the stress of the exams are upon us again.
Wits Vuvuzela spoke to some Witsies about their exam-preparation techniques and what they do to remain calm and get through the work.
Tips and tricks
Njabulo Mkhize, honours in Applied Drama, shared a very handy and unique trick. He reads his notes out aloud while recording himself on his cellphone. This way, he can “listen to himself [and his study notes] anywhere and anytime”.
“Don’t cram and give yourself enough time to study,” says Kea Malebye, 3rd year law. Malebye says she tries not to study the night before her exam. She also makes sure she chews the same flavour bubble-gum when studying and in the exam. This helps her to remember her work as she associates the flavours with her notes.
Leané Meiring, honours in Drama Therapy, also suggests linking studying and writing the exam with something that will trigger your memory. “Work at a desk so that you’re mimicking the exam sessions ... And get eight hours of sleep!”
Other students in Drama Therapy say that self-care, taking time to reflect and knowing if you are a morning, afternoon or night person are pivotal in helping you cope with the exams.
Mpumi Skhosana, 4th year BA, says she exercises and prefers to watch academic videos than write out notes.
“Lots of sleep and jelly-beans, both while studying and in the exam” is what keeps Palesa Mopeli, honours in Fine Arts, calm. Mopeli advises Witsies to “keep a positive mentality and do your best”.
Give it your best shot
Finally, Simone Vasques, BA graduate, says “university life is really what you make of it”.
“This is one of those times in life where you’re in a situation with lecturers who are extremely knowledgeable [and] classmates are super interesting … so ask as many questions as you can”.
And as Mopeli told Wits Vuvuzela, what’s the worst that could happen with exams? Even if you fail, there will always be another chance.
For students wanting to speak to someone professional about coping with exams, the Counselling, Careers and Development Unit (CCDU) can be contacted on 011 717 9136.
Exams have come and gone, some students passed and others failed.
Posters of prophets all across Braamfontein claim that they can assist students pass exams.
spoke to 32-year-old prophet Moyoza in Hillbrow last week about his claims that he could assist students in passing their exams.
The Zimbabwean-born prophet said: “Failing is caused by the evil spirit like witchcraft and I can cleanse a person from that.”
A student who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “I believe there is witchcraft, I would definitely consult prophets to pass, as long as he is not a traditional healer.”
He pointed out that consulting a prophet does not mean one should not study.
However, 1st year BCom student Sibahle Mkhungo said she had heard of lots of scams about prophets and believed that one would pass exams if they studied hard.
“I don’t need a prophet to pass; I believe in God, if you ask, you will receive,” said Andiswa Mangisa, 3rd year accounting science student.
Godfrey Maja, 2nd year LLB, also believes that one has to study hard, attend lectures and sleep sufficiently in order to pass.
The Hillbrow prophet said he started prophesying at the age of 12. He started having bad dreams, then got sick and consulted a traditional healer who told him he had a calling. His consultation fee is R100 and a healing procedure is R1000 but students get a R500 discount.
Moyoza claims that he has assisted many people who have come back with gratitude.
“I help people from all walks of life, whites, Indians, students everyone,” he said.